There is plenty of action behind-the-scenes on the exciting television show The Block. We worked closely with Context Architects on this exciting project. Before the competitors could even see the houses there were months of preparation….
Envivo’s planning team successfully achieved land use and subdivision consent for the hit TV show’s residential development in Auckland. Whilst the project was simply a four unit development in a residential neighbourhood, the media attention and local resident interest in filming of The Block television show meant that to achieve consent for both the development and television production activities the proposal required a robust standard of technical planning analysis and consent documentation. It was a potentially complex consent process that needed to be carefully managed within a very tight time frame. The application needed to be assessed on a non-notified basis to achieve that time frame.
The Envivo planning team successfully managed both the consent process and team of technical specialists. They left no stone unturned, prepared technically robust consent documentation and ensured all the tricky questions were answered before they were asked – limiting any chance of the process slowing down.
We knew this was an important project with many challenges and went the extra mile working weekends and long hours, it was well worth the effort to achieve a successful result for the client – the certainty they needed to proceed with the project within a very tight timeframe. The key was working collaboratively and successfully achieving consent on a non notified basis.
In preparing the site for subdivision the Envivo teams also worked on providing:
- Topographical survey of the property with details of the locations of neighbouring buildings and services. A topographical survey is a highly accurate measurement and recording of the physical features of a property that includes levels, contours, buildings, structures, trees, services and shows the position of the boundaries. Architects, engineers and project managers need this information before they can start to design, build or renovate.
- Engineering design and report – our civil engineers reviewed the site and prepared a design strategy to satisfy Auckland Council and the building code for services, driveways etc. This may include specific stormwater or sewer, pavement and carriageway design or other engineering, including flood modelling and reporting as required.
- Subdivision consent and land use consent – Auckland Council requires consent for subdivision activities, including:
- creation of new freehold titles (or creation of a unit title development or cross-lease title)
- adjustment to the boundaries
- Subdivision Consents and Land Use will normally have a number of conditions which may require building consent and engineering approvals
- Land transfer survey involves the pegging of the boundaries, definition of easements and covenants, preparation of title and survey plans, and the production of various reports, calculations, plans and documents that make up the Cadastral Survey Dataset. This work must be to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ ) e-survey standards and can only be carried out by Licensed Cadastral Surveyors.
- Setout Survey to stake out reference points and markers that accurately mark the positions of the proposed buildings and guide the construction of the new houses and services. This is an important interface between the engineering and architectural design and helps ensure structures are built where they should be.
- Compliance survey with Height to Boundary certification – at the critical stages of a building project the council will ask for documentation to prove that the building work complies with the original building consent. In many cases this involves a compliance survey checking the Height in Relation to Boundary (HIRB). Only a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor can sign-off these reports to satisfy these consent conditions.
To find out more about Envivo’s services – including everything you need to subdivide click on these links: planning, surveying and engineering – or contact us and we’ll be happy to talk you through the subdivision process and timeline
For a selection of our project examples and to read more about subdivisions:
- Envivo’s planning team successfully achieved landuse and subdivision consent for a high-profile residential development in Auckland
- The proposal required a high standard of technical planning analysis and consent documentation
- The application needed to be assessed on a non-notified basis to achieve the client's very tight timeframe